Clash or Blend

The Way Different Personality Types Function Within a Relationship

By Rachel Wermager

People are often attracted to their opposite—and for good reason. Couples that have one A-type (outgoing and extraverted) and one B-type (quiet and introverted) personality balance each other out. What one person may lack in, the other can fill that gap.

In addition to the fact that opposites blend well together, those of the same personality type can be known to have more issues in comparison. Jamie Nelson, a psychologist in Des Moines, said that there are many down sides to two people of the same type. “Two A-type people can mean more stress, and they will often clash.” On the flip side, “With two B-type individuals there is no urgency to get things done.”

The dynamic of one extravert and one introvert in a couple can be beneficial to the success of a relationship. Individuals are naturally drawn to those who have strengths they are missing. The key to making opposites work is communication—just like any other healthy relationship.